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clumsy

adjective clum·sy \ˈkləm-zē\

: moving or doing things in a very awkward way and tending to drop or break things

: badly or awkwardly made or done

: hard to use : awkward to handle

clum·si·erclum·si·est

Full Definition of CLUMSY

1
a :  lacking dexterity, nimbleness, or grace <clumsy fingers>
b :  lacking tact or subtlety <a clumsy joke>
2
:  awkward or inefficient in use or construction :  unwieldy <a clumsy contraption>
clum·si·ly \-zə-lē\ adverb
clum·si·ness \-zē-nəs\ noun
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Examples of CLUMSY

  1. I'm sorry about spilling your wine—that was very clumsy of me.
  2. I have very clumsy hands and tend to drop things.
  3. She made a clumsy attempt at a joke.

Origin of CLUMSY

probably from obsolete English clumse benumbed with cold
First Known Use: circa 1598

Synonym Discussion of CLUMSY

awkward, clumsy, maladroit, inept, gauche mean not marked by ease (as of performance, movement, or social conduct). awkward is widely applicable and may suggest unhandiness, inconvenience, lack of muscular control, embarrassment, or lack of tact <periods of awkward silence>. clumsy implies stiffness and heaviness and so may connote inflexibility, unwieldiness, or lack of ordinary skill <a clumsy mechanic>. maladroit suggests a tendency to create awkward situations <a maladroit politician>. inept often implies complete failure or inadequacy <a hopelessly inept defense attorney>. gauche implies the effects of shyness, inexperience, or ill breeding <felt gauche and unsophisticated at formal parties>.
CLUMSINESS Defined for Kids

clumsy

adjective clum·sy \ˈkləm-zē\
clum·si·erclum·si·est

Definition of CLUMSY for Kids

1
:  lacking skill or grace in movement <clumsy fingers>
2
:  awkwardly or carelessly made or done <a clumsy apology> <a clumsy error>
3
:  awkward to handle <a clumsy package>
clum·si·ly \-zə-lē\ adverb
clum·si·ness \-zē-nəs\ noun

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